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Equipment and Software / Re: 6 gallon better bottle fermentation capacity
« on: September 10, 2014, 10:28:56 AM »
Without the cap I believe 1" tubing will fit snug in the opening as well

Equipment and Software / Re: 6 gallon better bottle fermentation capacity
« on: September 09, 2014, 05:38:18 PM »

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Too Much Carb?
« on: September 09, 2014, 05:37:01 PM »
The slow foaming can also occur if the beer hasn't been cold long enough since it finished conditioning at the warmer temp. If it tastes fine its most likely not infected.

Sounds like they might be under filled and perhaps the extra head space is an issue with the co2 as well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Jockey Box rental?
« on: September 09, 2014, 05:32:57 PM »
I know in Chicago some of the distributors rent them out, try them

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: first brew fermentation question
« on: September 09, 2014, 05:31:08 PM »
Welcome! Lots of good advice here and I would add that you get a copy of John Palmer's "How to Brew" it will teach you a lot and answer many questions!

Equipment and Software / Re: 6 gallon better bottle fermentation capacity
« on: September 09, 2014, 05:23:11 PM »
At 5.25 gallons you would have adequate head space with a blow off tube but you might lose a bit of yeast as it blows out.  Even with only 5 gallons I'd still recommend a blow off tube.
Remember that at the bottle tapers at the top reducing available space for krausen.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: fridge wont stay cold ?
« on: September 08, 2014, 02:41:37 PM »
that's better than my first thought which is that you drilled through the chiller lines.

Sunday morning I moved the fridge outside to work on it, &, you got it right. I managed to drill the 1 1/4" holes on both the top and the side through the wiring harness for the light & temp control. The light switch was taped down after I removed the door moulding but before drilling the holes so I didn't notice there was no light. So the fridge was probably running at lowest setting. The holes were so neat through the fridge walls and insulation that I had to look really close to see the wires. Nothing like spending a few extra hours cutting inside the fridge to expose the wires enough to splice back together. WHat a fun Sunday, I was supposed to just watch football and drink beer (from my new bar). Grrrrrrrrr. Thanks for letting me vent.........
Could be worse. I attempted to "defrost" a freezer using a hammer and a screwdriver once. Nothing quite like getting blasted in the face by Freon.

HaHa! Did the same thing in college on a 26cuft freezer, man did that suck! Never did it again though........

All Grain Brewing / Re: False Bottom
« on: September 02, 2014, 04:30:34 AM »
By any chance do you have a pick up tube under your FB? That could help reduce your lost volume

All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain Mill Speed
« on: September 02, 2014, 04:28:31 AM »
I'm not an engineer but it's my understanding that if the mill is running too fast it will actually pulverize the grain more than at a slower speed, perhaps someone can verify this for me as well.

I use a drill and IME if I run it too fast I get a finer crush than at its slower speed so I suppose that confirms what I stated but it's by no means scientific

Adding LME late in a partial boil also reduces the Maillard reaction. This reaction can result in a less fermentable wort and can also produce flavor changes which may or may not be desirable in the finished product due to the way the sugars react to the boil

General Homebrew Discussion / Artificial Fruit Flovoring
« on: August 30, 2014, 09:03:35 AM »
I use 3.5 oz of peach extract in my clone Wheach and everyone loves it, the 3.5oz provides just enough sense of peach without going overboard.

Edit, no I've never asked any of ladies that drink it to smell their pee:O

All Grain Brewing / Re: First Big Beer
« on: August 28, 2014, 03:18:53 PM »
Using 1.25qts per pound of grain you can do 23# of grain in a 10 gallon cooler, it's tight and you'll have to add the grain slowly with good mixing to ensure no dough balls but it'll fit

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Leaving Dry Hops/Fruit in a keg?
« on: August 25, 2014, 05:31:50 PM »
I dry hop in the keg for most of my pales and IPAS, kegs usually kick within a month or so and I've experienced no issues. My typical dry hop is 3-4 oz.

As for fruit I agree with the above in terms of concern but I've never done it so have no experience to relate

My experience with twist offs was it was hit or miss if they sealed well even with a bench capper and new caps so I scrapped them all a long time ago. As for US bottles, I have around 15 cases that have been reused many time over 4-5 years and maybe a few have cracked but over 95% of them are still in use today, although since I've had my keg set up imp actually getting set to hand off a bunch of cases to a friend that's in need:)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Gigayeast
« on: August 19, 2014, 06:32:43 PM »
I would think there should be no problem but being liquid yeast is still make starter to ensure proper pitch rate and viability

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